According to the Society for Human Resources Management, “An employee assistance program (EAP) is a workbased intervention program designed to assist employees in resolving personal problems that may be adversely affecting the employee’s performance.” Since risk management focuses on avoiding or minimizing the likelihood of a loss, the implementation of an EAP is one action a motor carrier can take to help support this effort and its employees.
One example of how an EAP can help prevent losses involves distracted driving. There are three types of driving distractions: manual, visual, and mental.
Consider mental or cognitive distractions; these can include daydreaming or being preoccupied with something other than driving. For example, if a driver is dwelling on a family issue that occurred before leaving on a trip, they cannot focus solely on the task of driving. Mentally distracted drivers are less aware of their surroundings and less likely to perceive hazards and react in time. The goal of an EAP is to help workers resolve personal matters so they do not negatively affect performance. Below are examples of the types of services commonly found in an EAP.
An EAP can help employees struggling with addictions, including gambling, drugs, and drinking.
An EAP can point employees to resources to help with psychological needs such as anger management, depression, anxiety, and more.
An EAP can help employees with retirement planning, debt management, budgeting, etc.
An EAP can help workers in matters such as divorce or separation, child custody and/or support, and estate planning.
An EAP can provide resources to help employees with their health and wellness. Weight management, nutrition, career counseling, exercise, etc. are just a few areas that promote personal growth and positive change.
CALL TO ACTION
- Implement an employee assistance program.
- Measure the quantity and cost of employee turnover and absenteeism.
- Train employees on the benefits of health and wellness.
- Train workers on distracted driving and distracted walking.
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Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive
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